Can Marc Eversley produce lottery luck for the Chicago Bulls again?
The general manager will represent the franchise virtually for Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery after executive vice president Artūras Karnišovas handled the duties last year.
That’s when Karnišovas, who had fired coach Jim Boylen the week before, watched the Bulls move from seventh to fourth following a 22-43 regular season. At the time, Karnišovas noted the fourth overall pick, which he ultimately used to draft Florida State freshman Patrick Williams, represented his highest selection.
Twice while working for Tim Connelly and the Denver Nuggets, that franchise landed the seventh overall pick. One of those picks produced All-Star guard Jamal Murray.
Eversley will have to match Karnišovas’ luck for the Bulls to keep this year’s first-round pick. Unless the Bulls cash in their 20.3 percent chance of landing in the top four picks, it conveys to the Orlando Magic as part of management’s trade deadline move to acquire All-Star center Nikola Vučević.
The Bulls have a 4.5 percent chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick. They cashed in a 1.7 percent chance to move from ninth to first in 2008 and draft Derrick Rose, which marked the second-longest odds to win the No. 1 pick in league history.
The Bulls own the 38th pick in the second round of the NBA draft, which will take place July 29.